How a Woman’s Handbag May Prompt Help from a Memphis Chiropractor

A woman in Memphis may consider her stylish handbag her trusty companion – it carries her stuff without complaint, after all: purse, smartphone, makeup, everything she needs on the go. If she is not careful, however, her trusty companion may prompt a trip to a Memphis chiropractor.

Spine SurgeonThe reason is that frequent carrying of handbags may trigger muscle pains and stresses. The more stuff a woman puts inside her handbag, after all, the more weight it bears. Eventually, that weight can strain her shoulders and her (lower) back. It can also cause elbow or neck pain, or sometimes, in severe cases, even serious injuries.

Not only can carrying an overstuffed handbag cause pain after some time, but so can computer bags and dog carriers. According to Michael A. Gleiber, M.D., an orthopedic spine surgeon and assistant professor of Clinical Biomedical Sciences at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University:

Heavy handbags, computer bags – even dog carriers with a 10-pound pooch inside can cause back pain. “Inside a typical handbag, you may find a phone, iPad, wallet, makeup bag, a bottle of water, book or magazine – maybe an extra pair of shoes,” says Dr. Gleiber. “They seem like little things, but they add weight – up to 10 pounds and carrying all that weight can cause shoulder and neck pain”. According to Dr. Gleiber, when it comes to fashion, putting extra weight on one side of your body is one of the biggest back pain causes. Any time you carry weight on one side of your body for an extended period of time, it causes your spine to curve, and that leads to back pain symptoms.

Understandably, women do tend to over-stuff their handbags because they feel the need to bring all their essentials with them. While it’s good to be prepared at all times, it is also important for them to be able to address any physical issues that may arise from this simple, daily task of slinging a bag over their shoulder. Otherwise, she may be setting herself up for more painful days in the near future, and may eventually need pain medication for it.

Alternatively, a woman can seek out Memphis chiropractors—such as those from Chiropractic Memphis—if she prefers a more natural solution to body pain. A chiropractor may conduct deep tissue massage therapy to ease the stressed muscles, thereby relieving the pain. Physical theraphy, when necessary, could also help reduce muscle spasms.

(Article Excerpt and Image from Boca Spine Surgeon Warns On Purses, Backpacks, Dog Carriers, High Heels, Boca News Now, September 26, 2013)